Asdrubal Cabrera has started his path back to the Cleveland Indians. Cabrera is playing two rehab games with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers before moving on to Akron to finish the transition back to the majors. Cabrera is anxious to return to the big team, but understands the process and expectations placed upon him before he can be re-promoted.
Cabrera talked about how the arm feels and his physical status. “I feel really good right now. I feel like I am getting stronger and have been improving. I don’t know exactly how many more games I have to play when I go to Akron, but I think it is more than two.” Indians Coach Manny Acta said he wanted Cabrera to have 30 at-bats before a call-up. If the timetable of four at-bats per game holds true, Cabrera would be set to be recalled on Wednesday, July 21.
“It’s been hard for me to watch the games on television and the team [Indians] have not been doing very well, so I am anxious to get back in there”, said Cabrera. “I want to get the rehab done as soon as I can so I can get back. That is the first extended injury of my career and it happens when you play this game hard.”
Cabrera who was escorted to Niles, Ohio by family talked about their presence through a hard time. “That was my dad, my wife, and my son. My dad is my number one fan and my family has been very supportive through this. They have followed me wherever I have gone.”
The AL All-Star SS is back, and he looks primed to aid a flailing franchise back to respectability. In Monday’s Scrapper game, Cabrera was 1-3 with a 2-run double in his third and final at-bat of the evening.